The headline sounds like a joke, but researchers at Leiden University have been tracking the disturbing trend, with more incidents happening in the last 18 months than in the previous 10 years.
Researchers noted, in the past 11 years there were a total of 117 incidents involving hand grenades in the country. More than half of those took place in 2018 and the first part of 2019.
In 21 of those cases, an individual was threatened or attacked with a grenade. Nine people have been injured and there have been no fatalities so far.
Criminologist Marieke Liem said “For example, we also see a huge increase in hand grenade violence in Sweden, and there were deaths there. Including bystanders. If the trend continues, you could expect that there will also be fatal casualties here.”
The incidences happened in 45 different municipalities, but Amsterdam showed a significant increase, with almost a third taking place in the city.
Researchers were unable to find a reason for the increase, but note that hand grenades may be used as a form of extortion and intimidation. Businesses were also the primary target. Police have said grenades are also inexpensive, many costing as little as 5 euro a piece.